WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the global trade association representing the payments technology world, announced today the addition of VeriFone CEO Paul Galant as a keynote speaker for "TRANSACT 14: Powered By ETA," the industry's largest payments and technology event. TRANSACT will be the first major speaking appearance for Mr. Galant since his recent appointment as VeriFone's CEO. TRANSACT 14 will take place April 8 – 10, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and registration is open now at www.electran.org/transact14. Galant joins top executives from Visa and Google who also will offer TRANSACT show attendees their industry insights from the keynote stage.
"We are honored that a distinguished industry leader like Paul Galant chose TRANSACT for his first major speaking appearance as VeriFone's CEO," said Jason Oxman, CEO of ETA. "VeriFone innovations power millions of global payments transactions, and we are excited to hear Paul's vision for the future of our payments and technology. With a near sold-out show floor, incredible networking, and speakers from every major global payments company, TRANSACT is the single best place to do business in payments, technology and commerce".
Paul Galant was recently named VeriFone's Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining VeriFone, Galant served as the CEO of Citigroup Inc.'s Enterprise Payments business since 2010. In this role, Galant developed innovative digital payments services for Citi's institutional and government clients, enabling them to expand into growth markets and helping them to meet their consumers' current and future needs for secure mobile payments and commerce. Before that, from 2009, Galant served as CEO of Citi Cards, heading Citigroup's North American and International Consumer Credit Cards business during a period of dramatic change in the industry and positioned it for growth.
"Our industry is undergoing an exciting and significant change as technology, consumer behavior and business models continue to rapidly evolve, creating new opportunities to enable commerce across the ecosystem," Galant stated "TRANSACT is the perfect venue to address industry leaders looking to navigate the bold new world of payments."
With a newly expanded education and conference schedule, speakers from the world's top payments and technology companies, a 95% sold-out exhibit floor, and 4,000 attendees from 1,000 companies representing 24 countries, TRANSACT 14 is the world's gathering place to make connections with the biggest players in payments. TRANSACT 14 includes an expanded selection of educational opportunities with 7 conference tracks, increased trade show floor hours, and unlimited industry networking opportunities. TRANSACT 14 will offer three full days of programming, culminating in the biggest networking party in payments, the TRANSACT Party at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. These enhancements have been designed to showcase technical innovations in payments, provide ramp-up training for those new to payments, and provide a stage for networking and partnerships.
As the only organization leading and representing the payments technology industry, ETA offers cutting edge news and information, facilitates business connections and growth, provides a standard of industry certification, and advocates on issues critical to their members' success. ETA's more than 500 members represent over $4 trillion in annual payments processed in the U.S.